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This time it is real: Zambian President dies


It does seem as though the President of Zambia has died for real this time, unlike the previous misreported passing. There is a bit of an excerpt below:

“Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa died in a French hospital on Tuesday after suffering a stroke several weeks ago, Vice President Rupiah Banda said.

The Zambian leader, 59, was a favorite with Western donors for tackling corruption in the southern African country and he had been one of the strongest critics in the region of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.

“Fellow countrymen, with deep sorrow and grief, I would like to inform the people of Zambia that our president Dr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa died this morning at 1030 hours (4:30 a.m. EDT),” Banda said on state television.

“I also wish to inform the nation that national mourning starts today and will be for seven days.”
Banda is expected to take over as acting

Commence mourning good people of Zambia. Hopefully, this will be a peaceful transition, but Zambians come across as a relatively level-headed lot so I would be surprised if there wasn’t an easy transition.

You can read the full article via Yahoo here.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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